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Chanterelle

Observed: 31st July 2009 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Fungi and Lichenslpearce’s reputation in Fungi and Lichenslpearce’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)
Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)
Description:

The Chanterelle season has started, I know it may not be PC on a nature study site, but we do eat them up here. this group we have been harvesting for over 10 years now.

Identifications

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

miked's picture

Might be worth posting a few

Might be worth posting a few more images as of course there is the false chanterelle as well as the proper edible chanterelle, I've put images of both here:
http://www.amanita-photolibrary.co.uk/photo_library/BI_fungi/Hygrophorop...
http://www.amanita-photolibrary.co.uk/photo_library/BI_fungi/Cantharellu...
I imagine there will be several questions about these.
Note also that even if you get a goodspot or if someone says you have a proper edible fungus then there is still a risk e.g. if one poisonous species slips in to a bag of edible ones or if the edible ones have been infected by another species (which does happen) or are past their use by date or if the 'expert' just makes a mistake.
Also people may react differently to the same species so it may be fine for one person to eat a species but the same thing may make another person ill. Its also possible that some species contain toxins that build up over time so that the more of that species you eat the more likely it is to cause a problem.

lpearce's picture

Mike I agree with everything

Mike
I agree with everything you have said and maybe should have added that this entry in no way is meant to describe what can be safely eaten.
Anybody considering eating what they think is a Chanterelle or any other fungi must be absolutely sure it is what they think it is and even then accept that errors can be made that can be very serious.
I know there are a number of 'edible' fungi around here, but we will only pick two or three that we feel happy we can identify.
And even then if they do not look quite right or we have any doubt at all we leave them alone.

Les Pearce
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